The Insurance Advisory Service, British arm of Foris, one of Europe's largest insurance, banking and finance operations, is to open a new call centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland, sited in the city’s Springvale district – directly on the interface between the Catholic and Protestant communities. Recruitment has already begun for the venture which is expected to provide up to 250 jobs within twelve months.

According to IAS, a long-established company which specialises in insurance for the over 50s, its early research indicates that it should have no problems recruiting a "very high calibre workforce". Meanwhile, local MP and Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams hailed the move as "a welcome boost for west Belfast where IAS will find a willing workforce more than able to meet its needs".

IAS says its staff will have permanent contracts with basic annual salaries between £11,500 and £12,500, plus bonuses of up to £4,000 per year.

News source: BBC Online Business News (UK)